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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
Phebe
Breakers Ahead
New Year's Calls
The Sad and Sober Part
Small Temptations
At Kitty's Ball
Both Sides
Aunt Clara's Plan
Alas for Charlie!
Good Works
Among the Haycocks
Which Was It?
Behind the Fountain
What Mac Did
How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
Short and Sweet

way in all things and the family content themselves with 

applauding from the front. 

 

"We'll blister our hands every man of us, and carry you home in a 

chariot and four see if we don't, you perverse prima donna!" 

threatened Steve, not at all satisfied with the simplicity of the 

affair. 

 

"A chariot and two will be very acceptable as soon as I'm done. I 

shall be quite steady till my part is all over, and then I may feel a 

little upset, so I'd like to get away before the confusion begins. 

Indeed, I don't mean to be perverse, but you are all so kind to me, 

my heart is full whenever I think of it, and that wouldn't do if I'm 

to sing," said Phebe, dropping one of the tears on the little frill she 

was making. 

 

"No diamond could have adorned it better," Archie thought as he 

watched it shine there for a moment, and felt like shaking Steve 

for daring to pat the dark head with an encouraging "All right. I'll 

be on hand and whisk you away while the rest are splitting their 

gloves. No fear of your breaking down. If you feel the least bit like 

it, though, just look at me and I'll glare at you and shake my fist, 

since kindness upsets you." 

 

"I wish you would, because one of my ballads is rather touching 

and I always want to cry when I sing it. The sight of you trying to 

glare will make me want to laugh and that will steady me nicely, 

so sit in front, please, ready to slip out when I come off the last 

time." 

 

"Depend upon me!" And the little man departed, taking great 

credit to himself for his influence over tall, handsome Phebe. 

 

If he had known what was going on in the mind of the silent young 

gentleman behind the newspaper, Steve would have been much 

astonished, for Archie, though apparently engrossed by business, 

was fathoms deep in love by this time. No one suspected this but 

Rose, for he did his wooing with his eyes, and only Phebe knew 

how eloquent they could be. He had discovered what the matter 

was long ago had made many attempts to reason himself out of it, 

but, finding it a hopeless task, had given up trying and let himself 

drift deliciously. The knowledge that the family would not approve 

only seemed to add ardor to his love and strength to his purpose, 


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